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Firefighters Surprise 6-Year-Old With 75 of Their Closest Friends After Only 1 Showed up to His First Party

City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department

A little boy in South Carolina had an incredible birthday surprise thanks to his local fire department after his original party ended with a heartbreaking disappointment.

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department received a call from a community member concerned about a boy named Cooper when only one friend showed up to his 6th birthday party last Friday.

Cooper’s mom Nicoala Shiflet said her son who suffers from autism has difficulty making friends. But with help from dedicated firefighters, he got to celebrate his birthday twice.

The 6-year-old’s birthday redo came to be known as “Cooper’s Birthday 2.0” and the department shared the experience on Facebook.

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Posted by City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department on Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Beaufort Fire Department wrote:

Firefighters from the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department helped make sure that Cooper had another birthday party with a lot more than 1 friend at his party.

Firefighters picked up Cooper by fire truck after school and brought nearly 75 kids from his school to a bowling alley along with a biker group called Bikers Against Bullies.

Beaufort firefighter Ross Vezin told Yahoo:

“We made arrangements to pick him up from school along with his mom and brother, and we brought him to the bowling alley where we had another engine company there …”

The department also wrote on Facebook:

Firefighters, fire trucks, bikers, friends, cake and presents [were] there waiting to greet him and have a great time!

Posted by City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Community member Natasha Bochenek wrote in the comment section:

When I reached out I expected I would have to jump through a few hoops to make this happen and you had it all squared away in 30 minutes. Outstanding work. It was truly an afternoon to remember!

The department said they’re not done with Cooper’s birthday just yet. Next week they want to surprise him with a fire department T-shirt and tour of the fire station.

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  1. Many thanks to the Fire Department and everyone else who came together to celebrate this child’s birthday. I know that he will remember it. Gotta admit it but reading this story made me cry. I am “assuming” that invitations to his original party may have been sent out to several children. If my child had received one, I would have brought him to the party without a second thought. Hopefully this precious child will remember the wonderful people who came together to celebrate his special day.

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